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Scandinavian Modern Brass and Bakelite Lamp
Located in New York, NY
A Scandinavian brass lamp with a column made of Bakelite. Newly rewired for use in the USA with two standard base all brass sockets. Measures: Shade diameter: 13", height: 16".
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Midcentury Brass and Wood Floor Lamp
By NK (Nordiska Kompaniet)
Located in Karlstad, SE
Scandinavian midcentury floor lamp attributed to Nordiska Kompaniet (NK), Sweden. This majestic (174cm/68,5" high) lamp rests on a large brass foot with beautiful ornaments typical ...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Wall Lamp by Hans Agne Jakobsson in Brass and Silk - F268
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Lyon, FR
Wall lamp from the 60's by the Swedish designer Hans Agne Jakobsson. Solid brass structure and off-white silk fringed lampshade (pink reflections). Very nice vintage condition, led b...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Sculptural Scandinavian Modern Brass Pendant Fixture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Scandinavian Modern pendant lamp / fixture in a sculptural and finely crafted lacquered brass chandelier with a well-defined ceiling mount.
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamp with Brass Shade, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Unusual Scandinavian floor lamp with an adjustable spherical shade in brass. Anonymous maker/design in the style of Verner Panton and Stilnovo. The shade is adjustable up/down and fr...
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Vintage 1970s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Scandinavian Midcentury Floor Lamps in Brass and Wood
Located in Karlstad, SE
Scandinavian midcentury tripod floor lamps in brass and wood, manufactured in Sweden, 1960s. These lamps consist of a wood and brass base, resting on a tripod foot in solid brass. T...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Designer, Brass Ceiling Lamp
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Scandinavian designer, brass ceiling lamp. In good condition, wear. Measures: 35 cm x 35 cm.
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20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Round Brass Scandinavian Chandelier
Located in Saint-Ouen, IDF
Swedish chandelier made of brass, a single stem from where leave three small arms holding a circle with twelve lamps, giving an overall crown shape.
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Round Brass Scandinavian Chandelier
  • Round Brass Scandinavian Chandelier
  • Round Brass Scandinavian Chandelier
  • Round Brass Scandinavian Chandelier
H 19.69 in. Dm 23.63 in.
Scandinavian Mid-Century Teak and Brass Floor Lamp
Located in Karlstad, SE
Scandinavian midcentury floor lamp in teak and brass, most likely produced in Denmark. This lamp consists of a teak base with brass details, supporting the large cylinder-shaped sha...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Itsu Finland Brass Table Lamp
By Itsu
Located in New York, NY
A Mid-Century Modern brass table lamp with a dome shaped pierced shade on a finely detailed stem and stem. Newly polished and lacquered and re-wired with two solid brass Edison base ...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Midcentury Floor Lamps in Brass and Wood
Located in Karlstad, SE
Scandinavian midcentury tripod floor lamps in brass and wood, manufactured in Sweden, circa 1950. These lamps are made of solid brass, with details of teak. Condition: Very good...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Midcentury Floor Lamp in Brass and Wood
By Aneta
Located in Karlstad, SE
Scandinavian midcentury tripod floor lamp in brass and wood by Aneta, Sweden. This lamp is made of solid brass, with details of black painted wood. Condition: Very good original...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Midcentury Brass Scandinavian Pendant Light, Denmark, 1970s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Beautiful midcentury Scandinavian design brass pendant light. E27/E26 light bulb holder, tested and ready for use. Denmark, 1970s. Dimensions: Height 25 cm/9.80 Diameter 3...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Scandinavian Midcentury Floor Lamp in Brass and Wood
Located in Karlstad, SE
Scandinavian midcentury tripod floor lamp in brass and wood, manufactured in Sweden, circa 1950. This lamp is made of solid brass, with details of teak. Condition: Very good ori...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Bohlmarks Scandinavian Modern Brass and Wood Lamp
By Bohlmarks
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian Modern polished and patinated brass lamp with a solid oak base. Lamp has been fully restored and re-wired with 2 standard base sockets for use in the USA. Made by Bohlma...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps in Brass "ENCO", Sweden, 1970s
By Enco
Located in Langserud, SE
A pair of floor lamps in brass produced in Sweden during the 1970s by ENCO. Good vintage condition with some marks and darker details on the brass base. All new wiring. The shade...
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Vintage 1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Midcentury Scandinavian Table Lamp in Brass and Glass
By NAFA
Located in Karlstad, SE
Beautiful table lamp in glass with details in brass, manufactured by NAFA, Sweden. Condition: Very good condition, one small crack in the upper brass ring, see picture. New s...
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20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

1960s Scandinavian Brass Table Lamp by Tyringe Konsthantverk
By Konsthantverk Tyringe 1
Located in Hägersten, SE
1960s table lamp in solid polished brass by Swedish company Tyringe Konsthantverk. Adjustable shade. New white electric chord with light switch. Very good original condition with lig...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Seven Scandinavian Modern Hurricanes by Hans Agne Jakobsson, Markaryd
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Seven Scandinavian Modern hurricanes by Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB, Markaryd, Sweden, 1960s. Made of glass and brass, from 12 to 17 cm, height. Decal manufacturer's label to interior of ...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Large Pair of Scandinavian Modern Brass Table Lamps
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Large pair of Scandinavian modern brass table lamps, circa 1970. Stunning pair of spun brass tables lamps complete with original shades. Bulbous shape and currently wired with an ...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Large Scandinavian Midcentury Chandeliers in Brass and Glass
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Karlstad, SE
A set of magnificent chandeliers, possibly made by Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Sweden. These rare chandeliers come from a Swedish cinema built, circa 1950. The lamps feature eight-light s...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Scandinavian Fluted Glass and Brass Ceiling Lamp, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Large pendant light composed of cast fluted glass and a top diffuser/distributor in solid brass. Scandinavian Art Deco Revival in style and configuration. Anonymously made in Scandin...
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Vintage 1970s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian Floor Lamp in Brass
Located in Courbevoie, FR
Mid-Century Modern Scandinavian floor lamp in brass. Original shade comes with spots. New shade in extra : + €35.
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Vintage 1970s Scandinavian Floor Lamps

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Brass

Mid Century Modern Sculptural Scandinavian Teak & Brass Table Lamp
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous teak with brass accents in a tall stately style. New wiring with a double cluster. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. Can be parcel posted.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Wood Veneer Shade with Brushed Brass Stand
Located in Bend, OR
This Scandinavian Modern wood veneer side light is a small Mid-Century Modern table lamp used as a luxury light for bar or side table, alcove or bedside lighting. This organic modern...
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2010s American Organic Modern Lanterns

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Brass, Steel, Nickel

Scandinavian Modern Wood Veneer Shade with Brushed Brass Stand
Located in Bend, OR
This Scandinavian Modern wood veneer side light is a small Mid-Century Modern table lamp used as a luxury light for bar or side table, alcove or bedside lighting. This organic modern...
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2010s American Organic Modern Lanterns

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Brass, Steel, Nickel

ASEA-Attributed Scandinavian Midcentury Desk Lamp in Brass
By ASEA
Located in Karlstad, SE
Rare desk lamp attributed to ASEA, Sweden, model 41065-1. This large lamp is made from solid brass with black wooden details. Both the shade and the rod are adjustable, making it pe...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Chandelier Nickel over Brass Six Arms
By Bohlmarks
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian Modern nickel-plate over brass six-arm chandelier with large and smaller spheres. Each arm has a candle sleeve with a newly rewired standard base socket ready for use in...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Nickel

Scandinavian Midcentury Floor Lamps in Brass and Wood by Bergboms, Sweden
By Bergboms
Located in Karlstad, SE
Scandinavian midcentury tripod floor lamps in brass and wood, model G-31 by Bergboms, Sweden, 1950s. These lamps are made of solid brass, with details of black painted wood. The lam...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Cylindrical Brass Lamp with Cutouts on a Tripod Base
Located in New York, NY
Scandinavian Modern polished solid brass cylindrical table lamp with eye shaped cutouts which references the surrealist movement. The lamps inside has it original baked enamel finish...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Steel

Scandinavian Midcentury Floor Lamp in Brass and Bamboo by Bergboms, Sweden
By Bergboms
Located in Karlstad, SE
Scandinavian midcentury floor lamp in brass and bamboo by Bergboms, Sweden, 1960s. This lamp is made of bamboo with details in brass and leather. The lamp comes with a new high-qual...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Midcentury Desk Lamp in Brass by ASEA
By ASEA
Located in Karlstad, SE
Rare desk lamp by ASEA, Sweden, model E1163. This lamp is made from solid brass with black wooden details. Condition: Very good original condition.
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Vintage Scandinavian Nautical Hanging Lamp in Brass, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Beatifully made chain-suspended Scandinavian Ceiling Lamp by The style is Nautical/Maritime and it will add a cosy twist to any modern interior. The light is in a very nice vintage c...
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Vintage 1970s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Large Midcentury Scandinavian Pendant in Brass
Located in Karlstad, SE
Large pendant in brass, probably produced in Sweden during the 1960s. This lamp features one light source, surrounded by a large, egg-shaped brass shade. Condition: Very good condi...
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20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Scandinavian 1940s Table Lamp in Chrome-Plated Brass
Located in New York, NY
This Scandinavian table lamp, produced circa 1940s, includes chrome-plated saucer shade, supported by swing arm and stem in brass. The lamp is in overall good vintage condition, with...
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Vintage 1940s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Chrome

Scandinavian Design Natural Wood Pendant with Brushed Brass
Located in Bend, OR
This Mid-Century Modern lighting is an organic modern designer style. This contemporary pendant in cypress wood veneer gives a warm light. There are many luxury design applications f...
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2010s American Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Table Lamp in Brass & Blue Glass by Vitrika, 1960s
By Vitrika
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Ultra rare Table Lamp designed and manufactured by Vitrika in Denmark during the 1960s. It features a solid patinated brass stem set with blue almost turquoise thick textured glass i...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Brass and Opaline Glass Ceiling Lamps, 1950s
By Lyfa
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A pair of Scandinavian ceiling lights manufactured and designed during the 1950s. Probably by Lyfa in Denmark. However they remain unattributed. They are made from patinated brass an...
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Vintage 1950s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Scandinavian Brass and Glass Wall Lights, 1960s
By Hans-Agne Jakobsson
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
One Scandinavian brass and glass wall lights, 1960s. only one light is available Good condition.
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Vintage 1960s European Scandinavian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

  • Scandinavian Brass and Glass Wall Lights, 1960s
  • Scandinavian Brass and Glass Wall Lights, 1960s
  • Scandinavian Brass and Glass Wall Lights, 1960s
  • Scandinavian Brass and Glass Wall Lights, 1960s
H 7.88 in. W 5.91 in. D 7.09 in.
Scandinavian Modern Table Lamp in Brass with White Glass Sphere, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Small simplistically composed table lamp from Danish ABO - Metal Art Studio. Manufactured and designed in the early 1970s. The style of this light is Art Deco Revival and it resemble...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Brass and Opaline Tri-Stand Table Lamp, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
A solid brass tripod table light mounted with a bulb shaped shade in mat opaline glass. Manufactured and designed anonymously in Sweden around the 1960s presumably by either Falkenbe...
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Konsthantverk Glimminge Brass Ceiling Lamp
By Konsthantverk Tyringe 1
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Glimminge designed by Konsthantverk and manufactured by themselves. A lamp that they still produce by hand. Truly comes into its own in classic settings. Thre...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Brass Club Pendant Lamp, 1960s
By Jo Hammerborg
Located in Esbjerg, DK
This Scandinavian pendant light made from brass and dark grey powder coated aluminum. At first glance it looks similar to Jo Hammerborg's 'Club' pendant for Fog & Mørup. This one is ...
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum, Brass

Scandinavian Modern Ceramic and Brass Wall Sconce, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Oblong wall sconce featuring a burgundy red glaze ceramic backplate and details in patinated brass. Designed and manufactured in Scandinavian, probably Sweden, during the 1960s. The ...
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Wall Sconce in Brass, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Fixed wall light in brass. Decorative engine turned bolts to the side. It hangs and lights up as depicted in photo number 4. It was made in Scandinavia during the 1960s. Probably by ...
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

  • Scandinavian Modern Wall Sconce in Brass, 1960s
  • Scandinavian Modern Wall Sconce in Brass, 1960s
  • Scandinavian Modern Wall Sconce in Brass, 1960s
  • Scandinavian Modern Wall Sconce in Brass, 1960s
H 7.49 in. W 4.34 in. D 11.03 in.
Vintage Scandinavian Brass Sconce from Svend Mejlstrøm, 1970s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Fixed wall light designed and manufactured by Svend Mejlstrøm in Denmark during the 1960s or early 70s. Its made from polished brass and retains its pastel colored textile shade that...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Wall Lights and Sconces

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Brass

Scandinavian Floor Lamp
Located in Long Island City, NY
Scandinavian floor lamp, circa 1930s. Movable in two joints, rod in brass with rings in wood and plinth in patinated bronze decorated with deer. Height about 64". Shade is not inclu...
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Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

  • Scandinavian Floor Lamp
  • Scandinavian Floor Lamp
  • Scandinavian Floor Lamp
  • Scandinavian Floor Lamp
H 62 in. Dm 14 in.
Large Scandinavian Modern 12-Arm Polished Brass Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
An elegant Scandinavian Modern 12-arm polished brass chandelier. Each arm is detailed with petal shaped caps lacquered in white. The arms converge at a center ring where four brass s...
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Mid-20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Brass

Scandinavian Desk Lamps in Brass by AB E. Hansson & Co, 1940s
By Hansson & Co
Located in Karlstad, SE
Beautiful desk lamps by Swedish manufacturer AB E. Hansson & Co., circa 1940. The shade is made of brass with a perforated edge, giving a beautiful light. The shade sits on a brass s...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Polished Brass Pendant by Boréns, Borås
By Boréns Borås
Located in Vienna, AT
Polished brass frame with a pressed glass shade, fitted with one porcelain E27 socket up to 100W. Manufactured in the late 1960s by Boréns, Borås, Sweden.  
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Vintage 1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Swedish Midcentury Table Lamp in Brass, Crystal and Wood by Boréns
By Boréns Aktiebolag Lighting 1
Located in Brussels, BE
Wonderful table lamp in brushed brass, oak and the top made of crystal glass by Boréns, Sweden. The lamp is heavy and gives a great impression with its brass cover to the crystal to...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Crystal, Brass

Scandinavian Midcentury Starburst Chandeliers in Brass by Böhlmarks, Sweden
By Bohlmarks
Located in Karlstad, SE
Very rare, large chandeliers made of brass with shades in opaline glass manufactured by Böhlmarks Lampfabrik, Sweden. These chandeliers came from a cinema built in the early 1950s. ...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Scandinavian Midcentury Floor Lamp in Brass and Leather by Bergboms, Sweden
By Bergboms
Located in Karlstad, SE
Scandinavian midcentury floor lamp in brass and leather by Bergboms, Sweden, 1960s. This rare lamp is made of solid brass, covered in cognac-coloured leather. It comes with its orig...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Desk Lamp in Brass by Ab E. Hansson & Co, 1940s
By Hansson & Co
Located in Karlstad, SE
Beautiful desk lamp by Swedish manufacturer AB E. Hansson & Co., circa 1940. The shade is made of brass with perforations around the edge, giving a beautiful light. The shade is fixt...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Midcentury Floor Lamp in Brass and Wood by Bergboms, Sweden
By Bergboms
Located in Karlstad, SE
Scandinavian midcentury tripod floor lamp in brass and wood, model G-31 by Bergboms, Sweden, 1950s. This lamp is made of solid brass, with details of black painted wood. The lamp co...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Teak, Brass and Cased Glass Table Lamp, 1960s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Table lamp composed of teak with a brass base and details. Mounted with spherical shade in opaline glass. Anonymous Scandinavian maker/design in the style of Uno and Osten Kristiansson.
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Vintage 1960s Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Midcentury Floor Lamps in Brass and Wood by Bergboms, Sweden
By Bergboms
Located in Karlstad, SE
Scandinavian midcentury tripod floor lamps in brass and wood, model G-31 by Bergboms, Sweden, 1950s. These lamps are made of solid brass, with details of black painted wood. The lam...
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20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Brass

Scandinavian Modern Vintage Grey Brass Metal Floor Lamp Denmark, circa 1950
Located in Vienna, AT
The Scandinavian Modern era stands for reduced forms and shapes. This presented floor lamp shows these great attitudes. Additionally the floor lamp combines elegance and coolness. ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps

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Metal, Brass

Konsthantverk Stävie Black Brass Ceiling Lamp
By Konsthantverk Tyringe 1
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Ceiling lamp model Stävie designed by Konsthantverk and manufactured by themselves. Flush mount lamp in matte white glass and metal. Works on its own, or to hold a chandelier (th...
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2010s Swedish Scandinavian Modern More Lighting

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Brass

Midcentury Scandinavian Table Lamp in Black and Brass by Boréns, Sweden, 1950s
By Boréns Borås
Located in Hägersten, SE
Table lamp model 8521 produced in Sweden by Boréns. Made during the 1950s. black and white lacquered metal with brass details. Taking strong influences from Mid century Italian light...
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Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Table Lamps

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Brass, Metal, Aluminum

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Scandinavian Brass Lighting For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the piece of Scandinavian brass lighting you’re looking for. Was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, brass and glass. There are 4852 variations of the antique or vintage item from our selection of Scandinavian brass lighting you’re looking for, while we also have 289 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a choice in our collection of Scandinavian brass lighting — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. An object in our assortment of Scandinavian brass lighting, designed in the Scandinavian Modern, Mid-Century Modern or Art Deco style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one option in this array of Scandinavian brass lighting that is appealing in its simplicity, but Hans-Agne Jakobsson, Paavo Tynell and Hans Bergström produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Scandinavian Brass Lighting?

Prices for a piece of Scandinavian brass lighting start at $100 and top out at $288,635 with the average selling for $2,859.

A Close Look at Scandinavian Modern Furniture

The gentle, organic contours that are typical of vintage Scandinavian modern furniture appear in the work of Danish, Finnish and Swedish designers not as a stylistic gesture, but rather as a practical, ergonomic — and, as importantly, elegant — response to the human form.

Characterized by bold, clean lines and simple, sturdy symmetries, Scandinavian modernism is perhaps the warmest and most organic iteration of modernist design. The work of the designers associated with this style was founded on centuries-old beliefs in both quality craftsmanship and the ideal that beauty should enhance even the humblest accessories of daily life.

Each nation produced exceptional talents in all areas of the applied arts, yet each had its forté. Sweden was home to Bruno Mathsson, creator of the classic Grasshopper chair and Berlin daybed, but the country excelled most notably at ceramics. In the ’20s at the great Gustavsberg porcelain manufactory, Wilhelm Kåge introduced Scandinavian modern pieces based on influences from folklore to Cubism; his skills were passed on to his versatile and inspired pupils Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg.

Likewise, Finland produced a truly ingenious Scandinavian modern furniture designer in the architect Alvar Aalto, a master at melding function and artistic form in works like the Paimio chair. Yet Finnish glassware was pre-eminent, crafted in expressive, sculptural designs by Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpaneva.

The Danes excelled at chairs. Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen were exemplars of the country’s facility with wood, particularly teak.

Wegner created such iconic pieces as the Round chair and the Wishbone chair; Jacobsen — while he produced the best-selling plywood Ant chair — designed two classic upholstered pieces of the 1950s: the Swan chair and Egg chair. The list of great Danes could go on and on, including Finn Juhl, maker of the bold Chieftain chair; Poul Kjaerholm, with his lean metal-and-rattan aesthetic; and Vernor Panton, who introduced a vibrant Pop note into international design.

On 1stDibs, you will note both instantly recognizable vintage Scandinavian modern designs — those that have earned iconic status over time — and many new discoveries. Even more than 50 years on from their heyday, the prolific, ever-evolving Scandinavian modernists continue to amaze and delight.

Finding the Right Lighting for You

The right table lamp, outwardly sculptural chandelier or understated wall pendant can work wonders for your home. While we’re indebted to thinkers like Thomas Edison for critically important advancements in lighting and electricity, we’re still finding new ways to customize illumination to fit our personal spaces all these years later. 

Today, lighting designers like the self-taught Bec Brittain have used the flexible structure of LEDs to craft glamorous solutions by working with what is typically considered a harsh lighting source. By integrating glass and mirrors, reflection can be used to soften the glow from LEDs and warmly welcome light into any space.

Although contemporary innovators continue to impress, some of the classics can’t be beat. 

Just as gazing at the stars allows you to glimpse the universe’s past, vintage chandeliers like those designed by Gino Sarfatti and J. & L. Lobmeyr, for example, put on a similarly stunning show, each with a rich story to tell. As dazzling as it is, the Arco lamp, on the other hand, prioritizes functionality — it’s wholly mobile, no drilling required. Designed in 1962 by architect-product designers Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the piece takes the traditional form of a streetlamp and creates an elegant, arching floor fixture for at-home use. There is no shortage of modernist lighting similarly prized by collectors and casual enthusiasts alike — the Tripod floor lamp by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Greta Magnusson-Grossman's sleek and minimalist Grasshopper lamps and, of course, the wealth of postwar experimental lighting that emerged from Italian artisans at Arredoluce, FLOS and many more are hallmarks in illumination innovation. 

With decades of design evolution behind it, home lighting is no longer just practical. Crystalline shaping by designers like Gabriel Scott turns every lighting apparatus into a luxury accessory. A new installation doesn’t merely showcase a space; carefully chosen ceiling lights, table lamps and floor lamps can create a mood, spotlight a favorite piece or highlight your unique personality.

The sparkle that your space has been missing is waiting for you amid the growing collection of antique, vintage and contemporary lighting on 1stDibs.